Delberta J. Palmersheim
April 12, 1921 ~ March 20, 2009
Delberta J. Palmersheim age 87 of Elma, IA died on Friday, March 20, 2009 at Colonial Manor in Elma. Delberta Josephine Joerger was born on April 12, 1921 to John and Laura (VanDanAcker) Joerger in Mapleton, IA. She moved with her family to Cresco in 1923 and later moved to Elma in 1931. She attended school in Cresco and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in Elma in 1938 as valedictorian of her class. Delberta also attended Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids. She was united in marriage to Earl Palmersheim on December 28, 1939 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma. The couple farmed in the Elma area until they retired in 1974 when they built and moved into their new home in Elma. Delberta was employed by Sara Lee in New Hampton for three years and was named employee of the year. She enjoyed baking, fishing, traveling, gardening and quilting. Delberta loved volunteering at Comp Systems and Colonial Manor in Elma. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Rosary Society, Association for Retarded Children, Merry Makers, and the Friends and Neighbors Club. Delberta is survived by twelve children; Thomas (Patty) Palmersheim of Charles City, IA, Deanne (LeRoy) Webb of Cresco, IA, Peter (Connie) Palmersheim of Austin, TX, Dorothy (Joe) Weida of Traer, IA, Daniel (Marian) of Marion, IA, Roger (Patty) Palmersheim of New Hartford, IA, Mary (Mike) Wenzel of Rochester, MN, Michael (Nancy) Palmersheim of Wabasha, MN, Jerry (Mary Jane) Palmersheim of Elma, IA, Joe (Joni) Palmersheim of Atkins, IA, Edward Palmersheim of Cresco and Tim (Belinda) Palmersheim of Ankeny, IA; two sisters Gladys (Dr. Frank) Armstrong of Bakersfield, CA, Rita (Jerry) Kobliska of Arroyo Grande, CA; three brothers Wilfred (Andy) Joerger of Bakersfield, CA, Don (Margie) Joerger of Bonita Springs, FL, Art Joerger of Council Bluffs, IA; sister-in-law Gen Palmersheim of Des Moines, IA; 33 grandchildren , 47 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and numerous step grandchildren, step great grandchildren and step great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl, infant son Earl; brothers Walt, Vern, John, Joe and Vince; sisters Helen, Mary, Margaret, Irene and Dorothy; granddaughter Melissa; Step grandson Jim Huxsol and two great grandsons Jackson Llewelyn and Ian Maier. Cemetery: Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at Elma with her grandsons serving as casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Monday, March 23, 2009 with a rosary at 4:30 PM and a scriptural wake service at 5:00 PM at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home of Elma. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Service: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1030 AM on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma.